|Location: Oakland, California|
|Head Coach: Stan Peters, 34th Season (172-166-3)|
|2000 Record: 1-9 (6th Place in NorCal Conference)|
|2000 Bowl Game: None|
|Home Stadium: Laney (4,000)|
|Notes: Laney will compete in the Mid-Empire Conference in 2001|
In 2000, coach Stan Peters' Eagles suffered through one of their most difficult seasons in recent history. However, the Eagles had a number of bright spots in their starting freshman players. Fortunately for the Eagles, all of their standout freshmen are back for the 2001 season with an optimistic outlook.
The Eagles will move from the rugged NorCal Conference to the Mid-Empire Conference. Coach Peters believe that the move places Laney in a conference with school holding similar recruiting philosophies. The majority of schools in the Mid-Empire Conference play with local players, much the way Laney does. Coach Peters believes in recruiting Oakland and the East Bay for all of his players. The program at Laney has seen many successful season under Peters, the senior coach in all of California Community College football, entering his 34th season.
Hopefully the Eagles will get back on track in 2001. They have a good group of returning players to build around, starting on the offensive side of the ball.
The Eagles have three major Division I prospects on the offensive side of the ball:
Arroyo High School, Hayward, CA
Caleb Jones was a standout from day one in 2000. Playing at 240-pounds, he was a big part of Laney's offense as a blocker and receiver. I spoke with several coaches from other colleges that mentioned Jones a an outstanding tight end. According to Coach Peters, Jones is "Division I without a doubt." Peters added that Jones will have more balls thrown to him in 2001 than last season. He was a first team All-NorCal Conference player as a freshman
Alameda High School
Justin Arrington was the anchor of Laney's O-Line in 2000 and he should continue to fill that role in 2001. He is strong, moves well, and is smart, both on and off of the field. He carries a 3.87 G.P.A. and is already receiving a lot of interest from the next level. He was a first team All-NorCal Conference player as a freshman as well.
Irvington High School, Freemont, CA
Like Arrington, Matt Colliss is a returning starter on the O-Line. He, too, is big, strong, and can move well. He carries above a 3.0 G.P.A. and should have not problem moving on to the next level.
The Eagles have two proven standout on the defensive side of the ball:
Cornerback/ Kick Retuner
Freemont High School, Oakland, CA
Mario Vital has great speed and can cover very well. According to Peters, he is a "very good player." Vital was a first team All-NorCal Conference kick returner as a freshman in 2000. This coming season, he will also stand out for his coverage ability in the secondary.
Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, CA
Lynch played very well for the Eagles as a freshman in 2000, earning honorable mention All-NorCal Conference honors following the season. He runs well and can hit. He also carries a 3.4 G.P.A., so he should have not problem moving on to the next level.
In addition to Vital as a kick returner, the Eagles have one more name to keep in mind on their special teams:
Irvington High School, Freemont, CA
As Laney's punter, Peters was called upon many times in 2000. He did well for the Eagles, averaging 38.1 yards on 42 punts (12th in the state). He was names first team All-Conference for his performance. Coach Peters (no relation) wants Tommy to step up this season and if he does well, he could move on to punt at the next level.
If the Eagles are to get things turned around in 2001, these sophomores are going to have to lead the way. With a new conference and some great returning players, this may be the year that Laney gets back on track.